Shelbyville Daily Union

February 14, 2014

Chili cook off canceled

Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Chili cook off canceled

The Stewardson chili cook-off set for Saturday has been canceled due to inclement weather.

Camp New Hope Ride set for March 8

The 3rd Annual Camp New Hope Ride will be held March 8. All vehicles are welcome.

Sign up starts at 11 a.m. at Camp New Hope, 1364 County Road 100 East, Neoga, and the ride will leave promptly at 12:30 p.m.

The route will be a country cruise with a few stops. It will end at the Mattoon Smokehouse at with a meal, auctions, silent auctions. The cost is $15 per jeep/vehicle and $5 for each passenger, which includes the meal that evening.

Those who don’t participate in the ride are invited to attend the events at the SmokeHouse. Donations are appreciated.

Sweatshirts can be preordered for $30 by contacting Emma Dasenbrock at 217-821-0727,; or in person at American Off-Road Addicts, located across from Pilson’s Auto Center in Mattoon.

Due to state cuts, Camp New Hope is in need of assistance to help support various activities for the campers.

Camp New Hope’s respite program provides caregivers an opportunity to take a break from caring for their disabled loved one, while knowing they are in a safe, caring environment

For more information about the ride or to make a donation for the auction, contact Kevin McKay, 217-962-1215; Randy Dasenbrock, 217-821-0627; or Emma Dasenbrock, 217-821-0727.

Auction items can also be dropped off the night of the ride or at American Off-Road Addicts.

Strasburg CommunityFoundation offers grants

The Strasburg Community Foundation would like to make the community aware of a grant opportunity. The Board endeavors to use its funds to enhance the quality of life for citizens of the community. The Board will make annual grants to groups or individuals who use their projects to achieve that mission. The following criteria will be used to determine the merit of financial assistance to help those groups accomplish their goals.

Grant applications will be accepted by the Strasburg Community Foundation Board of Directors from Jan. 1-March 31 of each year with funding provided on May 1. Projects will be funded for one year and prior grant recipients may reapply. The Foundation generally will not fund a request at 100 percent. Amounts and projects chosen will depend upon funds available for the year. Only 62465 zip code applicants will be considered. Applications are available at the Village Office.

If you wish to be considered for funding or if you have any questions, please contact a Foundation Board member. Members include Lisa Rincker, President; Larry Giertz, Secretary; Ramona Radloff, Board Member; Tim Lenz, Board Member; John Helton, Board Member and Gary Kull, SCAN President.

Your Young Child:Parenting 101 Classes Available

Many parents struggle with their young child’s behavior as they progress through normal yet challenging periods of development. Learn how to feel more confident as a parent and/or child care provider during the seven difficult developmental stages.

Cheri Burcham, Family Life Educator for the University of Illinois Extension, will be offering “Your Young Child: Parenting 101” beginning March 19 and meeting weekly until April 2 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM in Neal Hall at Lake Land College.

Participants will learn strategies for handling separation anxiety, exploring toddlers, negative behavior and other challenging issues.

This is a Community Learning class through Lake Land College and pre-registration is required by calling 234-5434 or online at For more information about the series, call the Extension office at 543-3755 or e-mail Cheri at There is a nominal fee required and credit will be available for child care providers who complete the series.

Preschool Round Up

Each year, Project H.E.L.P. (Helping Educate Little People) and the Stewardson-Strasburg School District conduct Preschool Round Up. The free developmental screening gives parents information on how their child is developing in the areas of concepts, motor, speech and language skills. A vision and hearing screening is also provided.

Preschool Round Up will be held at the Stewardson-Strasburg Elementary School, February 20. Parents should call Marla Rinker at 217-682-3621 for an appointment or more information. Kindergarten Pre-Registration is also made available at this time and location. There is no charge for the screening. The screening will last approximately one hour.

Children in the Stewardson- Strasburg District who will be five years old on or before September 1 need to pre-register for Kindergarten on February 20.

Pre-registration for Kindergarten will be held at Stewardson-Strasburg Elementary School. Parents should call Marla Rinker at 217-682-3621 for an appointment or for more information. Screening is also made available for children pre-registering for Kindergarten. The pre-registration and preschool screening will last approximately one hour. Parents must have their child’s certified copy of their birth certificate, immunizations record and Social Security number at Kindergarten pre-registration.